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08-08-2011, 01:30 AM
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You can add the Aqua plus and Cycle, I think, that come with Spec tank just to be safe. It will stabilize your new water and jump your bacteria if a cycle is needed.


If you are going with planted tank, you should increase the power of the stock light to a minimum of 4W LED. The little guys that come with the tank is only 2W. I can sustained java moss but not growing them. I have couple Spec tank under various test configurations.
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08-08-2011, 02:38 AM
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Fluval also has an AIO kit for cherry shrimp..check it out man it would deff make a nice desktop FW tank

http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/prod/252655/product.web
 
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08-08-2011, 02:19 PM
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I noticed that Tropical Aquariums actually had some GU10 bulbs on their Fluval Specs, might look into something like that. If it won't be overkill, I may even shoot for an all white PAR bulb.

If I go the PAR bulb route, can I just get one of the "regular" PAR bulbs from somewhere like Home Depot? It doesn't seem like I would need an aquarium-specific one just to grow the plants but I could be wrong.
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08-08-2011, 02:46 PM
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You mean Tropical Island Aquarium? There are three nano tanks under the main 90g display tank when you walk in. The middle tank is a spec, the tanks on the left and right side are fluval edge. The fluval edge reef tank has two 12" led strips from Wingo, the planted edge has mr16 leds from Wingo and strips. The bulb you saw on the spec was not able to grow plants, really just algae haha maybe with daily water changes it would work out, but no I think home depot PAR prob won't work too well. The spec is $79.99 and that Wingo bulb was $98. Kinda just a $hits and Giggles tank, idk if you've seen it in the last 3 weeks but that spec is now a pico reed w/2 lbs live sand 2 pounds LR(approx) one green Duncan and one small clown
 
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08-08-2011, 02:55 PM
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Have you seen this thread on tpt ? http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...ur-spec-3.html

Some of the guys have the stock light running for plants but you really have a limited choice of what to put under the stock lights.

If you get new bulbs for that, make sure the spectrum is 5500K-6500K or Daylight bulbs. I'm not sure if homedepot carries those for the PAR bulbs.
If you want to go with minimum cost, you can try using a desk lamp and fit in a 9 bulb daylight spiral CFL to light up your spec. It will be more than enough light that you'll need for it.
Here is a good read regarding the spiral CFL http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/li...r-bulbs-2.html

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08-08-2011, 03:02 PM
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ok we want pix :-) sounds like its going to look great
 
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This tank has been lit by my 4x1W and 3x2W LED at times for 3 months since Mother's day which I bought to the show.
This is one of my FW baby rearing tank but I found that the power head seems to strong for that purpose.

Water has not been changed since then. The same Moss ball but much larger now, I would say about double in size. However, it's seems to be getting out of hands-the new growth is everywhere but does not take a ball shape. The low light demanding plant to the left and covering most of the the back ground is grown out from one branch of it smaller than my pinky. This plant's stem and leave can stay above water surface unto at least 1 feet when I was using this plant as a filter for my turtles. If you look closely on the surface sticking out from the back some very high light demanding plants start to grow back from green to purple in a week I put there.

I would say the best color and growth for plants is 6,700K but it grows a little bit of algae on the glass. So I changed it to 12,000K, a bit too white but does not support algae growth and so far it's over a month that the glass does not require cleaning.

I just called Tropical, he say the MR 16 bulb and power supply over his Spec tank is only $49.00 not $98. It may be a different model Train is referring.

PAR bulb is an over kill.

Both PAR bulb and GU10 runs at line voltage which is not as safe as low voltage MR16's 12v
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Found a pic showing the size of the moss ball on Mar 25th.
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